Telling Our Stories

Psalms 9:1 (NRSV)
I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonders.

I love to tell the story,
’Twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and His love.
– A. Katherine Hankey

Every Christian has a testimony, a story of a time when God’s power broke through bringing healing, strength, transformation, provision, answers, salvation, or hope. Yet many of us have a hard time telling that story. It’s amazing how holding a small prompt, like a picture or an object, can open the door to sharing.

One of my favorite ice-breakers is to spread picture cards on a table. (I used a wide variety of stock images from Microsoft Office to make the cards.) Persons are invited to look at the cards and pick one to use as a jumping off point for a story about themselves. It’s remarkable how often the sharing become very deep very quickly. This idea is based on an excellent product called Visual Explorer from the Center for Creative Leadership. Their product is far superior to my homemade cards and comes with a facilitator guide which outlines multiple uses for the cards.

My friend Robyn Pence made a set of stones for a recent healing service. She approached their preparation with great amounts of prayer. Each stone was different- some had a word or phrase, some a drawing or symbol, and some had a scripture reference. Persons were invited to take a stone in remembrance of God’s promises and grace. We were surprised how many people lingered following the service to share what we later called stone stories- stories brought to mind because of what they found on the stone.

What helps you tell your stories of God’s power, healing and love? – Lisa <><

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